RMS Statement on Coronavirus - updated 26 March 2021
We now find ourselves into the second year of the global pandemic, but things are starting to feeling more positive, particularly as we are seeing the vaccines start to roll out around the world. Here in the UK, we are pleased to say that over half of our office staff have now had at least one dose of the vaccine. So despite there still being some restrictions on what we can do, this is allowing us to have hope of a more optimistic 2021.
The Society continues to assess its plans to ensure the health and safety of our members, delegates, speakers, exhibitors and members of staff. Society staff will continue to work from home until the summer and only work in the office if it is absolutely necessary, on a voluntary basis, and also taking strict safety measures into consideration. Society committee meetings will continue to be virtual until after the Summer.
We will continue to run our programme of events virtually until at least the Autumn of 2021. We have now hosted over 40 virtual events and have a number coming up very soon including the first Virtual EBSD Meeting, Virtual Electron Microscopy Course, the ongoing Imaging One World lecture series, as well as elmi 2021 and mmc2021 taking place in June and July respectively. These two meetings in particular are very important to us and we are excited for the opportunities that the virtual environment will bring. Beyond that, we are still hopeful that the 2021 AGM will be able to be an in-person event but we will make that decision nearer the time.
There are things that cannot run in a virtual environment and we have been sad to see our Microscope Activity Kit scheme be put on hold whilst the cycle of lockdowns has been in place. We are however risk assessing starting the scheme up again, if not for Autumn 2021 then early 2022.
The Society will continue to monitor and act on advice from the UK Government regarding precautions and safety on COVID-19 and provide updates as and when the situation changes.
If you have any questions at all , please contact [email protected].
RMS Chief Executive
For further information and Government advice, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus